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Oregon Industrial Accident Commission records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Bx 060

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the business and administrative records of the Commission from 1935-1960. This includes financial records, reports and studies, workman's compensation law and data, and insurance documents. The collection is drawn from the professional records of L. O. Arens, chairman of the Industrial Accident Commission from 1935-1960.

Financial records include accounting sheets and financial audits of the SIAC. There are also records of disbursement for some workman's compensation claims.

Reports and studies include the annual reports of the Commission as well as confidential studies of the commission and its effectiveness. There are also medical studies conducted on behalf of the Commission and a accordion folder of workman's compensation claims from 1957-1959 that were used as part of a study. Additionally, there is a 1952 report on the Commission's amputee rehabilitation program which includes a series of 12 8X10 photographs of participants in the program.

There are numerous volumes of workman's compensation law books and pamphlets taken from many states, and Canada. These include rate books and safety manuals in addition to legal guidelines.

There is also a section of documentation from insurance companies kept by the SIAC.


  • Creation: 1935-1960


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

The Oregon State Industrial Accident Commission (SIAC) was established in 1914 to oversee the distribution of funds from the Industrial Accident Fund. This was a result of the passage of Oregon's first worker's compensation law in 1913. Originally envisioned as a three trustee committee to oversee all distributions, the Commission expanded dramatically in scope over the years. In 1935, the SIAC was given responsibility for the recently established Unemployment Compensation Commission. In 1943, the scope of Oregon's worker's compensation law was expanded to include occupational diseases, and a medical review board was created to resolve disputed SIAC orders. In 1959, the SIAC was assigned the task of requiring annual and periodic safety inspections of places of employment as well as jurisdiction for enforcing safety codes (a department which later became part of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration).



6 linear feet (8 containers) : 8 manuscript boxes

Language of Materials



The Oregon State Industrial Accident Commission was established to oversee worker's compensation distributions from the state's industrial accident fund. The collection consists of the business and administrative records of the Commission from 1935-1960.


Material within this collection is minimally arranged. Any arrangement is either derived from the records' creators or custodians or from staff at the time of initial processing. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

The collection is loosely arranged in the following manner: Financial Records, Reports and Studies, Workman's Compensation Law and Data, Insurance Documents, and Rate and Safety Information.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents


Guide to the Oregon Industrial Accident Commission Records
Complete Description
Austin Munsell and Kira B. Homo.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA